New Year New Mindset January 24th 2019

On January 24th 2019 over 115 members and guests joined the GPAHU Board of Directors to welcome special guest speaker Jessica Altman, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner. The Commissioner shared her priorities and focus for the Commonwealth followed by a Q&A session with the attendees. Ms. Altman shared her views on surprise balance billing, short-term limited duration plans, the opioid crisis and possible fixes for the Affordable Care Act, to name a few. It was an insightful discussion and Commissioner Altman was very gracious to share her priorities and concerns with our members. In addition to Commissioner Altman, Gina Dano, President/Founder of Define U Consulting, brilliantly presented her approach to improving performance through more authentic communication. Ms. Dano believes that, by being crystal clear on who we are, what defines and differentiates us (as individuals, as organizations, in our product offerings, etc.), and staying true to it, we will unleash potential that would otherwise go untapped. For more information or to schedule a presentation with your own company or employees, please contact Gina directly. Click here for a copy of her presentation. Lastly, GPAHU Legislative Chair, Vicky Cagliola, reviewed a few of the Federal Legislative issues that our industry will face in the … Read More

PA Insurance Commissioner’s thoughts on AHPs & STLD Plans- Live Webinar Summary from 10/24/18

In case you missed last week’s PAHU Webinar – AHPs and STLD Plans with PA Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman… Below are the highlights from a webinar held on October 24, 2018 hosted by PA Insurance Commissioner, Jessica Altman, her chief of staff, Alison Bean, and her counsel, Sandy Yakima.  The webinar was moderated by Jessica Waltman, PAHU Legislative Chair.  The Insurance Commissioner was pulled from the webinar at the last minute due to an emergent issue, but her staff explained the State’s position on the issues of association health plans and short-term, limited duration plans.  This was an exclusive event for GPAHU and PAHU members.  If you missed the webinar, access the recorded session here Association Health Plans Background On June 19, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued the Final Rule on association health plans (AHPs), following a prior Executive Order, and proposed regulations. Although the Final Rule appears to lessen requirements for association groups to establish and operate an AHP in a compliant manner, the AHP must comply with a collection of laws including ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and state laws. The Final Rule specifically affirms that the state regulatory structures overseeing … Read More